Montana Outdoors

March 13, 2010

A search for a trail, surprise #1

No trip into Montana’s outdoors ever takes place without surprises. The first surprise on this outing was actually two surprises, and pleasant ones, too;

Yellow Bell
Yellow Bell, Goldcup, Yellow Fritillaria, (Fritillaria pudica)

Alpine chickweed
Alpine Chickweed, Bering Chickweed, (Cerastium beeringianum)

both blooming about a month earlier than usual. (I was glad that I did stow the macro lens in my pack.)



  1. Exquisite, both!


    Comment by Iona — March 13, 2010 @ 3:51 am

    • They sure are. It’s interesting that the chickweed has such a display because it’s so tiny, about 1/8 of an inch.


      Comment by montucky — March 13, 2010 @ 9:09 am

  2. What lovely surprises!


    Comment by kateri — March 13, 2010 @ 5:52 am

  3. It was so good to see them. The yellow bell was low, down by the river, but the chickweed was 1200 feet higher, right in the middle of a game trail.


    Comment by montucky — March 13, 2010 @ 9:09 am

  4. They are lovely! We don’t have anything blooming yet.


    Comment by Sandy — March 13, 2010 @ 9:11 am

    • Our mild weather has brought an early spring, and yet I know that means there will be problems later in the summer. Water will be in short supply this year. The small streams and seeps in the mountains are at very low levels. It is nice to see the flowers start blooming early though.


      Comment by montucky — March 13, 2010 @ 9:48 am

  5. Lovely early Spring photos! Hope the rains come in June!


    Comment by Maureen — March 13, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

    • Hi Maureen! I sure hope they do too. It’s already looking like an early fire season now and really there still should be snow on the ground. Getting pretty though.


      Comment by montucky — March 14, 2010 @ 12:30 am

  6. Lovely touches of spring. Always nice to get proof that spring is on its way.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — March 13, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

    • These are proof to me that spring is about here. We can still get snow, but it wouldn’t hurt the wildflowers now.


      Comment by montucky — March 14, 2010 @ 12:32 am

  7. I love the little yellow flower. It looks like a bashful bell to me…


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — March 13, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

    • These do have a shy look to them don’t they! They always look down, but perhaps the petals are an umbrella for some reason.


      Comment by montucky — March 14, 2010 @ 12:35 am

  8. Beautiful captures. I really like the delicate Alpine Chickweed flowers.


    Comment by Anna Surface — March 14, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    • Those little Chickweed blossoms are so tiny that they don’t get a lot of appreciation and so I’m really glad you liked them!


      Comment by montucky — March 14, 2010 @ 7:00 pm

  9. So lovely photos and flowers.

    Thank You giving again Latin names and they showed that these flowers are not in our nature as wild flowers. I showed them to my wife, who knows better than me flowers and she said that “Fritillaria pudica” has been here as pot plant sometimes.

    Thank You showing few pieces of nature from Montana. Great shots.


    Comment by sartenada — March 15, 2010 @ 4:18 am

    • I will post many more photos of wildflowers as they begin to bloom here. It will be very interesting to see how many of them grow in your area. I will also be very interested to see the wildflowers that are natire to your area.


      Comment by montucky — March 15, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

  10. I’m so amazed that you have blooms like this already. Snow’s just melting here and we are in the depths of “mud season”… Loving the bright colors of spring from your shots!


    Comment by Cedar — March 15, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    • We didn’t even have much of a “mud season” this year, Cedar. The south facing slopes are very dry already and we are on the alert for wildland fires now. In fact I called in a fire in the National Forest tonight while on a walk with my dog. Looked like a “controlled burn” that died down and then restarted after a few days. It had a half mile front to it.


      Comment by montucky — March 15, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

  11. Montana should hire you for their tourism brochures. All your beautiful pics and surprises have me wanting to go there so much! Both photos are gorgeous BTW.


    Comment by victry1 — March 15, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

    • Thank you! It is a very beautiful country out here and nearly every outing holds pleasant sights and surprises. All of my photos are taken away from the cities and most are away from the roads and highways, which greatly increases the number of surprises.


      Comment by montucky — March 15, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

  12. gorgeous little things…they have spunk.


    Comment by burstmode — March 16, 2010 @ 5:21 am

    • They sure do. For the past few days, night time temperatures have been in the teens and the days in the 50’s. They don’t mind.


      Comment by montucky — March 16, 2010 @ 8:47 am

  13. I do believe you are closer to real spring than we are! Nice shots.


    Comment by kcjewel — March 17, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

    • We are two to three weeks early for wildflowers. Sadly, we’re also nearly two months ahead on wildfire activity.


      Comment by montucky — March 17, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

  14. I was surprised today too when my daughter came back home w/ strawberries she’d picked at the farm. also about a month early I thought….


    Comment by silken — March 18, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

    • Oh my, strawberries already! Maybe it’s because of all those rains this year.


      Comment by montucky — March 18, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

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